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Australia vs India, 1st ODI - Live Cricket Score

Series: India tour of Australia, 2016 Venue: W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 1/12/16


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The atmosphere in Perth ahead of the opener of the ODI series between the top two ODI teams in the world could not be more different than if it was played in India. The sleepy town of Perth exudes a feeling of complacence and contentment, and it almost feels like no one knows Australia are facing off against India. But the men who truly matter know it's on...

India and Australia return to the ground they enjoyed playing in, during the World Cup. India won big against the UAE before seeing off a defiant West Indies side in their final league game. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohd Shami all enjoyed good outings at the WACA. Australia, on the other hand, racked up a record 417/6 against Afghanistan on the back of some superb hitting from David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. Five of the aforementioned six players are sure to take the field during the opener on Tuesday (January 12).

The last time these two sides met was at Sydney, as semi-finalists of the Word Cup, where Australia ended India's reign as World Champions. The rivalry between the sides has already been talked up much, and with a number of youngsters coming into the sides, the series has all the ingredients of a enthralling affair.

Date and time: 12th January, 11:20 AM Local Time, 8:50 AM IST

Weather: Showers predicted during the morning

Venue: WACA, Perth

Team Details:

India: MS Dhoni has already mentioned that one of Gurukeerat Singh Mann or Manish Pandey will bat in the lower-middle order. The top-order selects itself, but it will interesting to see where Ajinkya Rahane fits in. The right-hander did not find himself with a concrete spot in the top four during the series against South Africa despite being in good form.

Pandey or Mann could take up the position vacated by Suresh Raina, but there is the possibility of MS Dhoni moving up the order and asking a debutant to bat lower down. Mann bowls some handy off-spin and is more experienced playing the big hitting role down the order. However, India might just prefer a specialist in that position and it puts Manish Pandey higher up the pecking order.

With the pitch at the WACA likely to offer the pacers assistance, the Indian think-tank will be wary of playing two spinners. However, the side did well when they had both Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in the line-up for the games they played in Perth last year. During the pre-game conference MS Dhoni said he preferred playing three pacers and two spinners.

Barinder Sran should be in line for his debut having performed reasonably well during the practice matches.

Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Barinder Sran

Australia: The hosts will be going in with an all-out pace attack, with Scott Boland and Joel Paris debuting for the hosts. Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh make up the rest of the bowling line-up, with Glenn Maxwell as a back-up spin option. The batting is on expected lines with Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith and George Bailey making up the top four.

With two debutants, Australia's bowling does have a shade of inexperience around it. However, as Smith suggests, Perth is probably the best place for a fast bowler to make a debut. Homeboy Joel Paris ought to know the conditions quite well while Boland walks in with huge expectations. The righ-arm seamer is expected to play a key role in the death overs while left-arm seamers Joel Paris and Faulkner add that bit of variety in an all-pace attack.

Playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Scott Boland, Joel Paris, Josh Hazlewood.

Quotes:

We've had a look [at the pitch]. It's tradition that we can use a left-armer here who can use the breeze and swing the ball. So, hopefully they'll be able to do that. The wicket looks like it'll be a good one: Steve Smith.

We should stick to our strengths. Australians' strength is in their pace bowlers and they are going in with their strengths. We are likely to play two spinners and three pacers: MS Dhoni



Teams:



India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni(w/c), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Barinder Sran, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Bhuvneshwar Kumar



Australia (From): David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith(c), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade(w), James Faulkner, Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, Joel Paris, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson
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